We get it—you’re so ready to de-stress this winter. We've put together a recipe that includes relaxing by the fire, strolling through a charming mountain town and exploring the stillness of Glacier National Park in winter that we feel will help you reset, recharge and feel rejuvenated.
Here, we'll help you make plans to sneak away to Whitefish, the cute mountain town that's the best place in the west to escape this winter season. Check out our ideas for how to slow down in the mountains of Montana this winter.
1. Ski in Solitude
If downhill skiing is your thing, plan a weekday to swish down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort. With over 3,000 acres of terrain, you can leave the crowds behind by skipping the busier weekend days and having the hill (almost) to yourself.
Looking for a different adventure? Whitefish has excellent groomed cross-country ski trails for a slightly more distanced activity. Base yourself at Grouse Mountain Lodge for ski-in, ski-out access that's the stuff of nordic dreams! We recommend the groomed paths at the golf course (Glacier Nordic Center in the winter!) which is just out Grouse's door. Classic cross-country ski rental packages start at just $20 at Glacier Cyclery in downtown Whitefish.
2. Get Cozy by the Fireplace
To get those rustic Montana vibes all weekend, you’ll want a cozy lodge-style place to stay with a little luxury. Add in a big fireplace where you can curl up with a hot chocolate (or a hot toddy), and a convenient location on the edge of town, and you’ll find yourself at Grouse Mountain Lodge. You’ll love the great views and quiet lodge. And once you've spent a weekend there, you’ll come back for the service, the food, the comfy rooms and those amazing long winter sleeps.
3. Explore the Wilderness in Winter
Are you the type that truly relaxes when you’re being active? If de-stressing to you means adventuring a little, find a new way to get outside in Glacier National Park. Your go-to guides for epic (and just fun for any level) winter activities are the Glacier Adventure Guides.
Glacier Adventure Guides will take you out on a serene cross-country ski tour in Glacier National Park, or you can level up with a half day ice climbing expedition. Get lost in the quiet of the park in winter, the gorgeous views, and the super fun guide teams.
Or, head out to the park on your own. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes and embark from the shores of Lake McDonald. Don’t forget to bring a snack! Park services and surrounding areas are mostly closed in winter.
4. Take a Walkabout in Town
Whitefish has seriously the cutest, most walkable downtown area. And, all the businesses in the downtown area are local so all your trendy finds will be unique to Montana. Stroll through town for an afternoon and pop into the shops, grab a coffee or ice cream at Sweet Peaks, and end the day with a craft cocktail at Spotted Bear Spirits.
5. Go For a Winter Ride
Riding a bike is a great way to get some much-needed quiet time, and with fat tire bikes available for rent and bike paths looping through town, the weather won’t stop you in Whitefish. Rent a fat tire bike at Glacier Cyclery and take it for a spin across town on paths connecting right to your home base at Grouse Mountain Lodge. Try to catch a sunny day to ride down to Whitefish Lake, where you can take a deep breath amidst epic views of the ski hill and surrounding mountains.
Get away this winter for some chill time—head to Whitefish for the ultimate mountain town escape. Whether you want to explore outside or just stroll through town and read a book by the fire, you can find exactly what you need for a weekend reset.